Italy’s L’Espresso paper published excerpts from 19 volumes alleged to be the secret diaries of Yasser Arafat between 1985 and 2004.
The diaries discuss terrorist attacks, which Arafat claims he did not order directly but by telling those who proposed them, “You decide!”
It also mentions Arafat’s attempts to stop Saddam Hussein from the “folly” of attacking Kuwait, secret negotiations with Yitzchak Rabin, a description of Shimon Peres as “an excellent person: a beautiful décor,” and his friendship with Fidel Castro.
The diary reveals a deal he made with former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi to testify, in return for cash, that funds Berlusconi was accused of illegally transferring to an Italian political party went to the PLO.
The diaries discuss negotiations between Arafat and the Italian government during the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship when wheelchair-bound Jewish-American citizen Leon Klinghoffer was hurled into the sea by four Palestinian terrorists and reveal that former Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti allowed the escape of the mastermind of the hijacking, Abu Abbas, in return for a promise that no PLO terror would take place on Italian soil.
The volumes were given to a French foundation on condition that they be used for “study documents” and not for books or films.